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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 8, 2020

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COVID-19 forces closure of Charles City, New Kent schools; local governments begin to take action

By Andre Jones | March 13, 2020 4:40 pm

The spread of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, throughout the nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia has resulted in the closure of Charles City and New Kent County Public Schools for two weeks. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered all public K-12 schools in Virginia to close from March 16 to March 27 as a result of the pandemic. In New Kent, plans were already underway to close schools Monday for a thorough cleaning of the facilities. However, all schools will now be closed, with the last event taking place is SAT testing at the high school on March 14. “We…
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Charles City boards meet, discuss budget priorities for FY20-21

By Andre Jones | March 10, 2020 9:50 pm

With the focused intention of working together to figure out the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year, Charles City’s Board of Supervisors and School Board came together on Mar. 10 to focus on addressing issues that face both the county and the school system. County administrator Michelle Johnson opened with an overview of the current process along with the requests received from both schools and county departments. The preliminary numbers presented a baseline for the figures as both boards entered dialogue about what both organizations can do to get on the same wavelength. While mentioning that several other details…
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County growth, need for services prompt FY2020-21 proposed budget of $76 million for New Kent

By Andre Jones | March 10, 2020 1:37 am

With the booming population comes a need for additional services in New Kent County. County Administrator Rodney Hathaway looked to address that issue in his proposed FY2020-21 budget Monday night. Hathaway presented a budget of $76,079,426 for the upcoming cycle. By contrast, the FY2019-20 budget totaled $69,851,662. Of the proposed amount for the new fiscal year, New Kent County schools are slated to receive $36,625,592, just under 50 percent of the total budget. The county administrator commented that most of the increase in the budget is an expected jump in revenue of approximately $4,159,717, part in thanks to a healthy…
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New Kent vehicle accident results in fatality

By Community Member | March 8, 2020 12:26 pm

Virginia State Police have confirmed a fatality after an accident Saturday afternoon in New Kent. Virginia State Police responded to a single vehicle crash just after 4 p.m. at the 5000 block of Roxbury Road (Route 106), just prior to the Charles City County line. According to the police report and preliminary investigation, the driver of a Ford pickup traveling southbound was exiting a curve when it ran off the right side of the road, striking a tree and catching fire. The driver and only occupant succumbed to their injuries and died at the scene. The deceased remains were transported…
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Plea made to upgrade athletic facility at Charles City High School

By Andre Jones | March 3, 2020 11:11 pm

As budget season begins to swing into high gear, at least one person is pleading for Charles City’s School Board to assist with helping extracurricular activities maintain their high level. Charles City High School Athletic Director Andre’ Jones spoke at the Tuesday night meeting in hopes that the school board assists with the resurfacing of the track by placing it into the school’s upcoming Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). After opening up with the background on the fight for the last seven years and the continuous minor work done to the track, he said it was time for a major overhaul…
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Richmond man indicted in Charles City murder case

By Andre Jones | March 3, 2020 11:57 am
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A Richmond man who allegedly killed a Charles City man last November was indicted by a Charles City grand jury Tuesday morning. Antwan Kareem Jackson, 37, of the 1800 block of Keswick Avenue, received indictments on count each of second-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony (second offense), and possession of a weapon by violent felon. According to the indictment that coincided with police reports, on Nov. 9, 2019, Charles City’s Sheriff’s Office responded for a call to service around 2:30 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The man, identified…
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Gloucester man convicted of DUI related crimes in New Kent

By Andre Jones | February 24, 2020 11:05 pm

A Gloucester man entered guilty pleas in crimes related to driving while intoxicated during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Quentin Andre Huggins, 31, of the 8100 block of Kitchener Road, pled guilty to an amended charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (originally felony child abuse), assault and battery on a police officer, and misdemeanor DUI (second offense). In a summary of evidence provided by assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Del Rossi, on June 14, 2019, a New Kent deputy received a be-on-the-lookout for a pickup truck driving erratically on Route 33. The officer located the…
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Dinwiddie man part of $112,000 Charles City robbery to serve 16 years in prison

By Andre Jones | February 21, 2020 4:09 pm

A Dinwiddie man who took part in a $112,000 robbery in Charles City will spend the next 16 years in prison. Jeremy Brandon Martin, 34, of the 8200 block of Vaughan Road, learned his fate during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. On Oct. 11, 2019, Martin was part of a contested trial held alongside his brother, Stephen Hunter Martin. During that trial, evidence pointed to the fact that on Oct. 15, 2018, Jeremy was one of two men who went into the home of Don Bulger. There, he and Tyron Allen, the third defendant, held a group…
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Superintendent recommends $11.8 million budget for Charles City schools for FY2020-21

By Andre Jones | February 18, 2020 11:09 pm

Charles City’s School Board members got its initial view of superintendent of schools David Gaston’s first proposed budget for FY2020-21 cycle. Gaston proposed a recommendation of $11,826,693 for the upcoming fiscal year, an increase of $1,704,197 from this year’s budget. Of that amount, approximately $7,294,345 is being asked from the county for operations, an increase of $1,609,452, or roughly 28 percent. Gaston spoke about difficulties building the budget that include adjustments to the pay scales for both teachers and employees. Several new positions are requested in the budget. Among them include two instructional assistants for the elementary school, one math…
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Convictions against Lanexa man overturned in Virginia Court of Appeals

By Community Member | February 17, 2020 2:58 pm

A Lanexa man had two charges overturned by the Virginia Court of Appeals during an Oct. 1, 2019 hearing. W. Walker Ware IV had one charge of embezzlement and attempted extortion tossed by Judge William G. Petty. During a June 18, 2018 trial, a New Kent Circuit Court jury had rendered verdicts against Ware, claiming that the developer for a New Kent subdivision failed to repair roads in a subdivision. The Commonwealth’s Attorney at that time, Linwood Gregory, said the defendant had also attempted to raise the cost to repair the road from $200 to $5,000. At that time, the…
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